- WAFL round to promote message 'it's ok to talk'
- Up to 250 clubs and 791 teams to participate State-wide
- Part of $200,000 partnership to raise awareness of suicide prevention
Western Australian footballers aged 13 and above will don blue armbands this weekend to promote suicide prevention and the message that 'it's ok to talk', Mental Health Minister Helen Morton announced today.
Mrs Morton said the One Life round, taking place this weekend, was part of the $200,000 partnership between the State Government's suicide prevention strategy 'One Life' and the West Australian Football Commission.
"Every year, suicide accounts for about 32 per cent of deaths among men aged between 15 and 24," she said.
"We know that football has a strong influence over young men and by targeting this group we can help break down the stigma around seeking help for mental health and other problems."
The Minister said today's WAFL games included West Perth versus East Perth, Peel versus Subiaco and Claremont versus Swan Districts. Tomorrow's match between East Fremantle and Perth would be televised from 11.30am on Channel 7.
"The more people we have talking about mental health and suicide, the more we can reduce the stigma and encourage people to seek help," she said.
Mrs Morton said this weekend's activities included the screening of a video, featuring Michael Walters, to all players, coaches and volunteers at clubs prior to games.
Up to 100 Live Life Ambassadors will also be trained to recognise if someone is showing signs of mental health issues, how to properly approach them, and where to direct them for the help.
- Since 2009, the State Government has invested $21 million into the Western Australian Suicide Prevention Strategy
- For more information, visit http://www.onelifewa.com.au
Minister's office - 6552 6900